As well as being a great thinker, John Ruskin was also an indefatigable performer. In the first of two performances, actor and art historian Paul O'Keeffe recreates Ruskin’s lecture A Joy Forever, first delivered in July 1857 to coincide with Manchester’s great Art Treasures Exhibition.
Far from congratulating the organisers on their ambitious enterprise, Ruskin’s theme was the political economy of art. He challenged his audience on their complicity, through the money they spent on fashion, in the suffering of an exploited workforce. A message no doubt still relevant today.
This performance will take place in the Central Library's Carpenter Room.
The event is part of Encounters with Ruskin, a programme running at Sheffield Libraries between April and June 2019 – see their full listings of events.